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Algae Biofuel Emits at Least 50% Less Carbon than Petroleum Fuels

Algae Biofuel Emits at Least 50% Less Carbon than Petroleum Fuels

A new study from Bioresource Technology finds that algae-based biofuel can reduce CO2 emissions by 50 to 70 percent when compared to petroleum-based fuels. The study also found that algae biofuel is

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China to Issue Monthly List of 10 Worst Air-Polluted Cities

China to Issue Monthly List of 10 Worst Air-Polluted Cities

Photo via Shutterstock Environmental scandals have hit China hard this year. This summer, thousands of dead animals were found floating through major waterways, and air pollution hit record levels,

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Designing and Building with Bacteria Could be the Future of Architecture

Designing and Building with Bacteria Could be the Future of Architecture

The rate at which science has been evolving for the last few decades suggests it won’t be long before we’re able to build houses with bacteria. Manufacturing processes are close to replacing

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German Fossil-Fuel Utilities Push Back Against Renewable Energy Initiatives

German Fossil-Fuel Utilities Push Back Against Renewable Energy Initiatives

Germany's largest gas, electric, and water utility has threatened to relocate to Turkey if the government continues to push for renewable energy. E.ON reports that its coal and gas-fired plants are

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Former TransCanada Employee: Keystone XL is Poorly Built, “Will Likely Leak”

Former TransCanada Employee: Keystone XL is Poorly Built, “Will Likely Leak”

Despite the best efforts of the fossil fuel industry, the northern portion of the Keystone XL pipeline expansion is still in a holding pattern. What many people don't realize is that the southern portion,

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Gasbot Methane-Sniffing Robot Can Detect and Collect Rogue Methane from Landfills

Gasbot Methane-Sniffing Robot Can Detect and Collect Rogue Methane from Landfills

The new Gasbot methane-sniffing robot from Sweden’s Orebro Unviersity could be used to detect leaking gas pipes and rogue methane emissions. The futuristic robot designed to monitor decomposing garbage

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NREL Study Finds 32 Acres of Solar Can Power 1,000 Homes

NREL Study Finds 32 Acres of Solar Can Power 1,000 Homes

When comparing the advantages and disadvantages of fossil fuels and renewable energy sources, how much real estate each requires to generate electricity is a key factor. While power plants that use coal

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TransCanada is Planning a Pipeline Even Bigger than Keystone XL

TransCanada is Planning a Pipeline Even Bigger than Keystone XL

TransCanada is planning to build a new 2,700-mile pipeline - that's one third bigger than the controversial Keystone XL - to carry 1.1 million barrels of crude oil per day from Alberta and Saskatchewan to

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6 Reasons to Kill the Keystone XL Pipeline Project

6 Reasons to Kill the Keystone XL Pipeline Project

Via Shutterstock 1. A Ticking Carbon Bomb! We recently surpassed atmospheric carbon dioxide levels of 400 parts per million for the first time in human history. Burning the tar sands oil would send

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Climate Change Happening 10 Times Faster Than at Any Point in the Past 65 Million Years

Climate Change Happening 10 Times Faster Than at Any Point in the Past 65 Million Years

Photo via Shutterstock While much of the world plays political games and squabbles over economics, a much bigger threat is wrapping its hands around the neck of our species. Climate change. Yes, the

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U.S. Natural Gas Flaring Emissions Equivalent to One Million Additional Cars on the Road

U.S. Natural Gas Flaring Emissions Equivalent to One Million Additional Cars on the Road

Photo via Shutterstock As President Obama continues to push for climate change action by reducing carbon pollution, is he literally burning up his global warming plan by also promoting hydraulic

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One Quarter of World’s Energy to be Renewable by 2018, IEA Reports

One Quarter of World’s Energy to be Renewable by 2018, IEA Reports

Image via Shutterstock One quarter of all the world's energy generation will be renewable by 2018, the International Energy Agency (IEA) announced on Wednesday. The news comes just days after President

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Coal Export Project Dirtier than the Keystone XL Pipeline Planned for Pacific Northwest

Coal Export Project Dirtier than the Keystone XL Pipeline Planned for Pacific Northwest

The Keystone XL pipeline has become the iconic symbol of anti-fossil fuel and climate change activism in the 21st century. Yet, there is a more dangerous project lurking behind the scenes that has not

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Sharp Unveils the World’s Most Efficient Solar Cell!

Sharp Unveils the World’s Most Efficient Solar Cell!

About a year ago, Sharp achieved a new solar cell efficiency record of 43.5% by using a lens-based system to focus sunlight directly onto the cells in order to generate electricity. Now, Sharp has done

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Gulf of Mexico Oil Wells Have Been Leaking Since 2004 Hurricane

Gulf of Mexico Oil Wells Have Been Leaking Since 2004 Hurricane

Photo © On Wings of Care When Hurricane Ivan coursed through the Gulf of Mexico in 2004, it knocked out operations at a Taylor Energy Company platform and ruptured several well heads in the area.

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Ventus: The Computer Game that Uses Crowd-Sourced Info to Map Global CO2 Emissions

Ventus: The Computer Game that Uses Crowd-Sourced Info to Map Global CO2 Emissions

While not everyone can become a full-time climate activist, it is still possible to contribute to the battle against global warming. Researchers from Arizona State University have created an online

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Tiny New York Town Wins Landmark Case to Uphold Fracking Ban

Tiny New York Town Wins Landmark Case to Uphold Fracking Ban

As of 2012, 2.5 million oil and gas wells have been drilled worldwide using the hydraulic fracturing method, and more than 1 million of them are located in the United States. The result of this trend

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San Onofre Nuclear Plant Investigation Finds Leaky Pipe Held Together With Tape, Plastic Bags, Broom Handles

San Onofre Nuclear Plant Investigation Finds Leaky Pipe Held Together With Tape, Plastic Bags, Broom Handles

As Japan's Fukushima nuclear disaster demonstrated, no nuclear plant is ever completely safe. In January 2012, the San Onofre nuclear generating station (SONGS) in Southern California was closed due to

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Global Carbon Emissions Set to Hit Alarming 400 Parts Per Million Milestone

Global Carbon Emissions Set to Hit Alarming 400 Parts Per Million Milestone

Photo via Shutterstock For the first time in up to five million years, the concentration of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere is about to reach 400 parts per million (ppm). Former NASA scientist James

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Panasonic to Donate 100,000 Solar Lanterns to Nations Without Electricity

Panasonic to Donate 100,000 Solar Lanterns to Nations Without Electricity

Panasonic will celebrate its 100th anniversary by donating 100,000 solar lanterns to help some of the one billion people without access to electricity in developing countries across Asia and Africa by

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US Utilities Fear Obsolescence as Off-Grid Solar Power Rises

US Utilities Fear Obsolescence as Off-Grid Solar Power Rises

Photo via Shutterstock There's a common belief that even as solar power takes off, utility companies will retain their hold on energy markets as the need for standard electrical grids remain. But a

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Researchers Design Synthetic Trees to Produce Algal Biofuels and Water

Researchers Design Synthetic Trees to Produce Algal Biofuels and Water

In the global effort to wean ourselves from fossil fuels, scientists have been looking towards algal biofuels as renewable sources of energy. Microalgae is capable of using sunlight and carbon dioxide to

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President Obama Proposes $2 Billion in Funding to Replace Fossil Fuels

President Obama Proposes $2 Billion in Funding to Replace Fossil Fuels

Now that the sequester is in full swing, President Obama is proposing new sources of funding to finance his clean energy ambitions. The White House is urging Congress to divert $2 billion from oil and gas

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Scientists Report Dramatic Jump in Carbon Dioxide Emissions in 2012, Predict Faster Warming

Scientists Report Dramatic Jump in Carbon Dioxide Emissions in 2012, Predict Faster Warming

Global emissions of carbon dioxide from fossil-fuel burning jumped dramatically over the past year, making it unlikely that global warming can be limited to 2 degrees by 2020, which was an international

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Australia’s Landscape Soaked Up One Third of Carbon Emitted by Fossil Fuels Over Past Two Decades

Australia’s Landscape Soaked Up One Third of Carbon Emitted by Fossil Fuels Over Past Two Decades

Vinz89 / Shutterstock A new CSIRO study released last week reveals that the Australian landscape soaked up one third of the country's fossil-fueled carbon emissions over the last two decades. It also

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UN Warns of Harmful Resource Rush as Arctic Ice Melts at Record Rate

UN Warns of Harmful Resource Rush as Arctic Ice Melts at Record Rate

Photo via Shutterstock This week, the United Nations' Environment Programme released a new report warning that a rush for Arctic resources would threaten an already fragile ecosystem. As Arctic ice

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Pluspetrol Plans to Explore for Natural Gas in Most Biodiverse Protected Area on Earth

Pluspetrol Plans to Explore for Natural Gas in Most Biodiverse Protected Area on Earth

A leaked document obtained by The Guardian newspaper reveals secret plans by Argentine gas giant Pluspetrol to explore for natural gas in Peru's Manú National Park World Heritage site, one of the most

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US Set to Surpass Saudi Arabia as World’s Top Oil Producer by 2017

US Set to Surpass Saudi Arabia as World’s Top Oil Producer by 2017

Photo via Shutterstock Oil exploration, production and transportation in the United States may suffer from endemic failures in technology, regulation and common sense, but that doesn't appear to be

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Beluga Whales Endangered by Fossil Fuel Extraction in Alaska

Beluga Whales Endangered by Fossil Fuel Extraction in Alaska

The beluga whale, also known as the "Canary of the Sea," could become as much of a harbinger of danger as its feathered namesake. The pure white whales of Cook Inlet, Alaska are at a great risk of

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Audi’s E-Fuel is a Carbon Neutral Way to Power Cars That Acts Like Gasoline

Audi’s E-Fuel is a Carbon Neutral Way to Power Cars That Acts Like Gasoline

Do you feel a twinge of guilt every time you fill your tank with dirty gasoline? What if you could power your car with a carbon neutral fossil fuel substitute? Introducing Audi's new e-fuel, an energy

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